Now that your body and the lining are each together, it’s time to sew them together. This is hard to illustrate but I’ve tried. The next step is to sew all of the outside edges together, right side facing in. Pick a spot to start. I’ve chosen a shoulder seam. Just align the lining and the body and start sewing all the way around. The seam allowance is 1/4″. There’s a notch at the center back neck of the lining and the shell if you prefer to start there. In the photo below, mine is aligned at the shoulder seams, the lining is to the left and the shell to the right.
Below, mine is sewn all the way around. You don’t need to do any trimming -which is why the seam was designed for 1/4″- put you can trim that center front rounded neck corner with a pair of pinking shears if you like.
Now it’s time to do the sleeves. In the picture below, I’ve laid the jacket out with the sleeves just so; you’ll need to match the lining to the shell side.
Below, I’ve folded the jacket over onto itself, shoulders matching. I want to make sure I have those sleeves aligned properly
Below, I’ve got the sleeves stacked correctly in preparation for joining.
Below you’ll see that I’ve turned up a portion of the lining sleeve. Do the same. Once folded, stick it into the end of the sleeve shell.
Once your lining is stuck into the sleeve shell, sew it into place with 1/4″ seam allowance.
I realize that aligning the sleeves correctly paired to each other can be confusing so I tried a second way of doing it for the other side. Maybe this will be easier for you to see (below). Lay yours out to match, fold up the sleeve lining edge, stick it into the sleeve shell and presto.
Once I finished the above, I sat down in preparation to sew and found I had a bagging helper. His name is Right. He doesn’t play with the needle when it goes up and down anymore.
Now it’s time to tack the jacket. Lay out your sewn sleeve ends as shown below.
Now fold both layers as shown, turning it so the wigan is at the fold; your hem will fold here.
Below, you can see I’ve run a couple of stitches joining the shell and the lining together right on the seam allowance. I’m no more than 3″ up from the folded end.
Below is another view of the sewn tack.
Now you want to tack the seam allowance in the bottom of the shell armhole (at the side seam juncture) to the corresponding location on the lining armhole. You can see below that I’ve lain the sleeve lining and shell together to match them up correctly.
Find a good spot and run a couple of stitches to join the armholes of the shell and the lining together. That’s what I’ve done although the photo below is kind of a mess. This stuff isn’t easy to illustrate folks.
Now, you’re pretty much done at this point. Now it’s time to turn the jacket. Stick your hand into that open back lining and grab some of the back of the jacket and just start pulling it through.
Here you can see I’ve stopped midway to take a picture. It looks like a mess, doesn’t it?
Below, I’ve stopped again and this shot doesn’t look any better than above but no matter, continue pulling the thing through. Once you’re actually doing this, you’ll be surprised just how easy this part is. This is a lot easier than you thought, eh?
Below you can see the thing is pulled completely through. All that’s left is to press it, topstitch it and close the sleeve lining.
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